Ridin’ in an Old Model T is one of six sides recorded by the Dixie Ramblers at a March, 1937 session in Birmingham, Alabama. Russell’s Country Music Records actually lists four unrelated groups that recorded under the name The Dixie Ramblers. Unusually for 1930s string bands, this group appears to have been racially integrated.

Ridin’ in an Old Model is a bit of an oddity structurally. Though the tune itself is simple and resolutely in C Major, the strains are asymmetrical, with a six-bar A strain and an eight-bar B strain. Only the A strain is repeated, making the form AAB rather than the customary AABB.

Ridin' in an Old Model T

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